Puerto Rico, neighbor of Vieques Island, is a Caribbean island located east of the Dominican Republic. This sun-kissed paradise of natural beauty is an oasis of white sandy beaches bordered by a crystal clear turquoise sea. Its panorama also offers a magnificent mountainous and tropical setting. The dry forest of Guánica is home to many birds and more than 700 species of plants. Puerto Rico is a popular destination because of its capital, San Juan, with colonial buildings and colorful houses. Several hotels are available in Puerto Rico for your sunny stays.
Are you a beach lover? Puerto Rico offers you beautiful places where you can spend a sweet time under the sun. Among others, Luquillo Beach is one of the best known on the island. Nearly one km long, this beach is lined with elegant coconut trees. Its calm waters will allow you to swim safely or even go kayaking. Boquerón Beach, located on the edge of Cabo Rojo, is ideal for a good time with your family. Imagine a five km beach offering golden sand and sea colored in different shades of blue and turquoise that will captivate you.
There is nothing better than a visit to the capital of Puerto Rico to discover the culture of the island. Take advantage of your stay to visit its historical monuments, including the forts of San Felipe del Morro and San Cristóbal, the Plaza de Armas or the former Governor’s mansion called La Fortaleza. In addition to buildings reminiscent of history, Puerto Rico has many famous boutiques, succulent restaurants and bars. Finally, a few art galleries presenting the artworks of local artists are also accessible.
Nature lovers will be pleased in Puerto Rico as they will be able to visit El Yunque National Forest. This tropical rainforest is made up of some 240 species of native trees and 130 species of animals, including parrots, lizards and frogs, which are the symbol of the island. You will not be disappointed with the Guanica National Forest, which is one of the best preserved tropical dry forests in the world. Finally, the underground caves of Río Camuy are a must to visit for a unique experience. The third largest underground river in the world runs below.
If you want to surf, go to the northwest coast of the island, near Rincón, where beautiful waves form from December to April. If you prefer diving, you will not be disappointed! Head to the Virgin Islands to discover a seabed with plenty of fish and corals, but not too deep. Finally, we suggest you visit Laguna Grande Bioluminescent Bay for an evening kayak tour during which you will be treated to a magnificent underwater light show: microscopic plankton react to any movement in the water by glowing when disturbed.
The official currency at destination is the U.S. dollar (USD). Ideally, leave with your dollars in hand, but you can withdraw cash from ATMs on the island. Visa and Mastercard are accepted in most shops.
Electrical outlets used in Puerto Rico are the same as in Canada. Voltage is 120V.
It is strongly recommended that your Canadian passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from travel. For more information, visit the Government of Canada's website.
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